The Teaching Team
Principal and Senior Leadership Team (SLT)
Paul Hougham (ACTING PRINCIPAL)
Paul Hougham came to school-teaching after a career as an acupuncturist, latterly having served as Principal of The College of Traditional Acupuncture. He is a passionate champion of professional teaching standards and Steiner Waldorf pedagogy, seeing no gap, conflict or circle to be squared in their alignment. His 2012 publication Dialogues of Destiny: a postmodern appreciation of Waldorf education was an articulation of this vision, and the potential for far wider state funding of Steiner Waldorf education, particularly in the UK. He has completed the WESTT Art of Education training in Steiner Waldorf education, and holds qualifications from Bolton, Worcester and Canterbury Christ Church Universities, including an MSc in Educational Leadership. He is somewhat nomadic, wishes his mandolin skills were refined enough to be slightly more credible as a troubadour, and spends his spare time as Dad taxi, struggling through MyMaths, reading sci-fi, and finding new recitations for middle schoolers.
TRACY ADAMS (UPPER SCHOOL FRENCH, UPPER SCHOOL LEAD, SLT)
ADRIAN HILLARD (SCHOOL BUSINESS MANAGER, SLT)
As School Business Manager Adrian will lead, coordinate and develop all the non-teaching aspects of the school which are vital to making the school operate successfully - such as finance, personnel, administration, facilities and estates and of course our own catering services. In previous lives he has; led as County Senior Accountant for all Devon schools, the Business Director for a Multi Academy Trust and most recently as the Business Manager for four primary schools. Prior to that he had twenty years' experience of running multi-million pound trading units for Transport, Civil Engineering and Waste Management. Before all that he started as a Royal Navy Commissioned Officer flying in the Fleet Air Arm - Variety is the spice of life!
RUTH CHADWICK (REDWOOD)
Ruth has always been interested in alternative education. She has always had a great enthusiasm for nature and brought her children up with a house cow, goats and a vegetable garden. She did her Steiner early years training in London and then worked in Steiner Kindergartens in Norway. Returning to the UK she was an assistant at the South Devon Steiner School for 4 years before joining us at SAE.
SAMANTHA TAYLOR (Elmwood)
Sam has worked within the kindergartens of the academy since September 2013. Recently she have completed 3 years of Waldorf Early years training in London. I have a burning passion for Steiner education and all three of my children are in the school itself, with my two youngest having been through the very kindergarten in which I work. I feel both humbled and privileged guiding the youngest children within our school through their first journey into education.
CATHI FINBOW (Cherry tree)
Cathi has a degree in Steiner education and for eight years was lead kindergarten teacher at the Exeter Steiner School.
THERESA TRAPP (SILVERBIRCH, DESIGNATED SAFEGUARDING OFFICER)
Theresa has done the Steiner Early Years training course in London. She worked at The Exeter Steiner School for ten years and ran the Children's garden an independent kindergarten in Exeter for two years.
GENEVIEVE KEYS (CHERRY TREE AND REDWOOD)
Genevieve trained under Lynne Oldfield on the 'Steiner Waldorf Early Childhood Studies' Kindergarten Teacher Training Course in London. She joined the Early Years department in 2016. She thrives being outdoors in nature, being creative and learning new skills.
Previously Genevieve has worked at Star Apple Toddler Group: a Steiner-based parent and child group for 0-3 year olds and as a Complementary Therapist, teacher and tutor for adults at The School of Complementary Health. † She also worked for Health Projects Abroad, a charity in rural Tanzania where she lived and worked with other volunteers and local people on two successful school building projects which were part of establishing an educational infrastructure in the region. †
KELLY BREWER (SPINDLEWOOD)
Kelly completed the Steiner Early Years training course in London in September 2017. She worked in the Exeter Steiner School for 4 years and previously had 13 years of childcare experience. During which she has been a childminder, Learning Support Assistant, Nursey Worker and a Pre- School Steiner Teacher.
CHERYL DAVIES (SPINDLEWOOD)
HELENA CHATBURN (CLASS ONE H)
Helena is a graduate of the Plymouth University Steiner-Waldorf education honours degree course. She has assisted, covered and taught in a variety of at the younger end of our school.
ZOE COLLINS (CLASS ONE Z)
Zoe is currently completing the West of England Steiner Teacher Training course (WESTT). She has extensive experience of the age group she be taking on, having assisted, covered and taught in a variety of positions at the younger end of our school. Her background in arts, theatre and bodywork has shaped her teaching practice in a holistic, explorative and playful way. Over the years she has assisted in schools and has experience and training in working with children with attachment needs.
MIKE MARKS (CLASS TWO M)
Mike joined us from a local primary school. He has almost five years experience as a class teacher and at various times has taught music, snowboarding, football, yoga, and outdoor activities. We are not yet sure how his status as a qualified ski instructor will fit with the class one curriculum, but we are working on it!
VICKY PRIDDLE (CLASS TWO V)
Vicky has worked in the academy since it opened in 2014. She began as a learning support assistant in Kindergarten, became assistant to class one the following year and was a 'Teaching Apprentice', based mainly in class two. In the latter roles she has had plenty of opportunity to step up from assisting and is very used to carrying a class in her own right. She has completed the Steiner Waldorf Early Year course and has a background in working with children with additional needs.
FRANCES DATHAN (CLASS THREE)
SIMON BERKLEY (CLASS FOUR)
Simon trained on the London Waldorf Teacher Training Seminar before becoming a class teacher at the South Devon Steiner School where he has carried several management responsibilities alongside his teaching work.
SUE NEALE (CLASS FIVE)
Sue has a degree in Steiner Education and a specialism in Art. She has been Class teaching at Exeter Steiner School and has had many roles at South Devon Steiner School, as parent volunteer and teacher, since her first child began kindergarten in 1993.
JESS LYNCH-THEWLESS (CLASS SIX J)
Jess attended Steiner schools from kindergarten to sixth form, she is a state-trained secondary teacher with a specialism in RE. She was a class teacher at the Nant-y-Cwm Steiner school in the west of Wales before joining us in Exeter.
RICHARD HOLDEN(CLASS SIX R)
Richard trained at the London Waldorf Teacher Training Seminar and has held class teacher posts in Steiner schools in Brighton, Hertfordshire and London. He has also been a teacher adviser for the Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship.
JENNY WRAGG (CLASS SEVEN W)
Jenny is a graduate of the Emerson College `Heart of Education` teacher training course. She worked as a class teacher in the Moray Steiner school for five years, prior to which she taught in state primary schools. Jenny is currently studying Steiner education at Masters level.
CLIVE STAPLES (CLASS SEVEN C, BEHAVIOUR AND LEARNING SUPPORT, DESIGNATED SAFEGUARDING OFFICER)
Clive has a degree in Steiner education and has worked for twenty years with children with special educational needs. He gained his QTS at Bath Spa University where he is currently studying at Masters level. He is also training as a `Thrive` practitioner and one of the Designated Safeguarding Officers.
SARA JARMAN (BEHAVIOUR AND WELLBEING SPECIALIST, DESIGNATED SAFEGUARDING OFFICER)
Catriona Ferguson (FRENCH)
Catriona is an MFL expert and an Advanced Skills Teacher in primary languages. She has worked in both primary and secondary schools in the Exeter area for several years.
ADAM SMALE (ART AND LANDCRAFT)
Adam has a diploma in Steiner education and worked as a class and transition teacher at the Exeter Steiner school. He has been working at the academy since September 2013 as a teaching assistant, woodwork and art teacher.
ANNA GOUDGE (MUSIC)
Anna has a degree in Steiner education and is an accomplished musician. Part of her training as a Steiner teacher was carried out in a remote village school in India.
FRAN ANDRE (MUSIC)
DANIEL FRIEDEBERG (GAMES TEACHER)
Daniel is a Steiner alumni, having attended Elmfield Steiner school. He trained as a Steiner teacher on the West of England Steiner Teacher Training Course. He will combine his teaching with the part-time training in Bothmer Gymnastics. He once represented the UK in Extreme Frisbee.
DANNY PARCELL (GYM AND IT TEACHER)
NEREA YARTO (CIRCUS SKILLS AND TRADITIONAL PLAY GROUND GAMES)
Nerea has a degree in Steiner Education, is a specialised games teacher and an accomplished circus skills performer.
JANE PICKERING (STEM LEAD, ASSESSMENT LEAD)
Jane comes from a background of science and engineering having gained her degree in Materials Engineering at the University of Surrey, including a year working and studying at CERN. Prior to relocating to Devon Jane has been teaching within the State sector in Buckinghamshire, teaching students from ear 7 though to A'Level. In addition to her Maths and Science specialism Jane has an MBA and studied Fine Art for two years at university.
LORAINE JAMES(UPPER SCHOOL MATHS)
STEVE FORREST (GCSE GEOGRAPHY, WOODWORK AND METALWORK)
Steve trained as a Teacher 1991-1995 were he gained a BEd Hons at Liverpool University. After this he joined the Royal Marines were he had a varied career working as a Physical Training Instructor and then further specialized in the rehabilitation of injured soldiers. During his career he has travelled extensively around the world gaining valuable life experience, which involved three tours of Afghanistan.
JANE BERRY (UPPER SCHOOL ENGLISH, DRAMA AND ENGLISH LEAD)
Jane received a BA (Hons) English and Drama from Brunel University and completed her MA Performance Studies at The Central School of Speech and Drama. Jane founded her own theatre company for children in the local community, directing and adapting Shakespeare plays for public performances. Jane trained for her English and Drama PCGE in an inner city school in Nottingham and has worked as a secondary school teacher in both state schools and private schools in Devon. Jane also trained in CELTA, where she has had experience teaching English as a second language to international students.
PETER SCOTT (UPPER SCHOOL HISTORY)
PETE CRAIGIE (LANDCRAFT)
Pete has worked; in mixed farming, nurseries in Holland and Germany and therapeutic horticulture with young students in Ireland and Chelsea show gardens, with Diarmuid Gavin. He has trained at; †Kinsealy horticultural research station, Pershore college of horticulture and Ruskin Mill.
Teaching assistants & learning support assistants
In addition to the above list, each area of the school has a number of teaching assistants, as well as learning support assistants who are usually assigned to individual children.
Admin and Support
JENNY SALMON (RESOURCES MANAGER, DESIGNATED SAFEGUARDING OFFICER)
Jenny is a former police officer and marine biologist with over fifteen years' experience in education. She has worked in marine conservation and as a further education and adult education teacher. She was administrator at Exeter Steiner School for five years. Jenny is also a Designated Safeguarding Officer and responsible for admissions and attendance.
MARK EYERS (FINANCE MANAGER)
Mark worked for many years as the finance co-ordinator of the South Devon Steiner School, where he was responsible, amongst other things, for administering parental contributions and over-seeing its mandate management system.
ALICE KNIGHT (OFFICE AND SYSTEMS MANAGER)
Alice trained as a planner and urban designer at Oxford Polytechnic, and worked for various councils in England and Scotland, as well as for a local Devon developer, before becoming self- employed and starting a family. Happy to try her hand at most things, more recently Alice was the centre manager at Exwick Community Centre. She is also a trustee of a local Devon charity, ADUMASA, which supports the children in three villages in the Ashanti region of Ghana.
KATIE YOUNG (COMMUNICATION LEAD AND PA TO PRINCIPAL)
Katie was a specialist midwife for young mums and vulnerable women. After having children she discovered Steiner education and has been involved ever since. Previously she was Receptionist at The Cambridge Steiner School.